This is a fairly tough target:
If you can’t fit into the trousers you wore at 21-years-old, you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a professor has warned.
Presenting data to a leading diabetes conference, Professor Roy Taylor from Newcastle University said that people’s waist should be the same size as it was when they were 21. If they could no longer fit into the same-sized trousers, they were “carrying too much fat”, he said.
The average waistline for men in England is 38.5in, according to the latest NHS Digital figures from 2019, up from 36.7in in 1993.
And among men aged 16 to 24 years old, the average trouser size was 34in in 2019, rising to to 39.6in among 45 to 54-year-olds.
I am, recently, below that average 21 year old average size and I’m 6 foot so it’s not just because I’m small all over. But the effort it takes to get there is substantial (I’m doing it through exercise and the why is blood pressure, not diabetes). Not in the slightest surprised that most aren’t.
This could in fact be counterproductive. Actually spelling out how thin you’ve actually got to be in order to avoid Type II could well lead to more thinking, well, fuck it.